Friday, December 21, 2007

2007 Year End Survey | Michael Nordstrom

2007 saw the end of Deep Soda as they played their final show at Club Metronome in September. It was impossible to categorize the Burlington band over the years as they comfortably floated from the hyper-pop of faux jingles to scorched earth art metal. Regardless of where they were on the sound spectrum though, they always brought memorable visuals and an innovative edge to their project.

Since the disbanding of Deep Soda, frontman Mondhexe (aka Michael Nordstrom), has been working on various projects as he scratches that creative itch. The latest is that he has wrapped up the definitive English-language article on Garamon, an iconic monster from the 1960’s Japanese television show Ultra-Q, and that early 2008 will see the dawn of two new musical projects, including his long-whispered-of supergroup cover band, Fogwood Bees.

1) What was your favorite song of 2007?

"Fear", from the album of the same name by John Cale.

A goddamn perfect tune.

John Cale | Fear Is a Man's Best Friend | Buy

2) What was your favorite album of 2007?

Honestly, this whole thing is difficult for me, as I can barely distinguish one year from the next, any more...

As far as stuff actually released in '07, nothing got me too terribly excited.
The Coast Explodes by Mammatus was good.

I re-re-re-discovered John Martyn's Solid Air in '07.
Fantastic album, and it hit me more deeply than ever before, this time out.

3) What was your favorite concert of 2007?

I really didn't got to many shows this year; I guess I'd have to go with seeing Battles in Montreal. They're a great band with a pretty freaking revolutionary approach...but what really blew my doors off was John Stanier's drumming. The guy is a complete monster- I've rarely seen anyone play as solidly, with such superhuman intensity, for as long. A friend o' mine summed it up neatly: "The guy lays down a backbeat that sounds like it's from the planet Testosterone."

4) What was your favorite thing about 2007?

Definitely the iPod Lido Shuffle. If I remember 2007 for anything, it will be as the year Apple finally got smart and put out an iPod with a fixed, pre-loaded 1-song playlist of the Boz Scaggs classic.

Playing a great last show with Deep Soda at Metronome was pretty kickass, inna bittersweet stylee.

We were always our own worst critics (especially me), but we all agreed that we hung it up on a high note.

5) What are your best wishes for 2008?

Generally- peace, love and understanding, natch; specifically, I really hope that 2008 will be the year in which Huey Lewis & The News and Ray Parker Jr. finally bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones.

Deep Soda | Red Carpet | Buy

Deep Soda | New Dorp | Buy

Deep Soda | Viy | Buy


Bo Muller-Moore said...

POSE DEAD, COLLECTED AND DESTROYED VOL. 2 is a mind blowing album. The hugeness of it all is beyond my little words. "Spirit Flies Ahead" is a master rock song. Michael is from another level. check out Deep Soda myspace as well.

Casey said...

"If I remember 2007 for anything, it will be as the year Apple finally got smart and put out an iPod with a fixed, pre-loaded 1-song playlist of the Boz Scaggs classic."

That's my Mondhexe!

Looking forward to the DS reunion at O2 Stadium in 2055. said...

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